Wallpaper Statement part 1
I woke up one morning in 2002 with a ripe stream-of-consciousness Artist Statement burning in my brain, and it wanted to come out – right now. My wife sat down with me and typed the statement as I spoke it; it came out as one long monologue. I felt it would be good to use excerpts from this statement as a starting place for more storytelling:
A painting’s just gotta look better than the wallpaper.
“My work is comprised of aggressively decorative, meaningless, unidentified floating objects that pretend to be rational. Illusion is my vehicle. Opticality is paramount.
I really had no aspirations to be an artist. It was my third choice. I wanted to be a racer, or possibly a writer or a musician. Mostly a sports car race driver. I blew up an engine and went into a ditch in my twin-cam MG-A once in La Junta, Colorado, and narrowly escaped being creamed by two guys in Porsche 550s going around me at 180 while I was going just 120. I realized I might get killed doing this. That would have been OK at the time, but racing is a rich man’s sport, and I couldn’t afford it. So I switched to painting.
Later I found out that being an artist is much more dangerous – and just as expensive.”
— Ron Davis, 2002, Arroyo Hondo, NM
About the MG-A
- Four cylinder in-line engine (Twin Cam -DOHC)
- Cylinder capacity: 1588 cc.
- Capacity: 108 bhp. at 6700 rpm.
- Top-speed: 180 km/h.
- Gearbox: 4-speed, manual
- Brakes: disc brakes all round
- Weight: 960 kg.nt goes here
Information courtesy www.classicargarage.com
Photos courtesy www.classicandsportscar.ltd.uk